New Vietnamese prime minister confirmed


The National Assembly of Vietnam on Thursday elected and swore in Nguyen Xuan Phuc to serve as prime minister for the next five years, an official statement said.

The statement said the 61-year old politician, who has served as Deputy Prime Minister since 2011, won 90 per cent of the vote at the National Assembly.

According to the statement, the process is a formality as the Communist Party, which rules Vietnam’s single-party state, had already agreed on Mr. Phuc as the only nominee at its National Congress in January.

Report says Mr. Phuc is the third element of the triumvirate chosen by the party to lead for the next five years.

It said it included Nguyen Phuc Trong, the incumbent secretary general, and Tran Dai Quang, who was elected president.

The statement added that after taking his oath, Mr. Phuc promised to improve the business environment, fight corruption, and protect national sovereignty.

“The new government will officially run the country from Saturday once the National Assembly approves Mr. Phuc’s new cabinet,” it stressed.


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